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Video: Tesla Semi, an electric big rig truck with 500-mile range, rolls into reality... also announces insanely fast new roadster

November 17, 2017View for printing

Elon Musk wears many masks. Internet entrepreneur. Electric car salesman. Rocket man.

Add trucker to the list.

Musk rolled silently into a long-anticipated and oft-delayed event here Thursday at the controls of Tesla Semi. The first electric big rig truck from a company known for its luxury electric long-range cars is a shot across yet another industry bow for the brash Tesla and SpaceX CEO who has vowed to remake automobiles, solar energy and space exploration.

The new vehicle will start production in 2019, and no price tag was mentioned.

Marco della Cava, USA TODAY ... /873162001/


What Does Tesla's Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

"Every truck we sell has Autopilot as standard," Musk said of the Semi, which goes into production in 2019. "This is a massive increase in safety."

Aarian Marshall ... r-truckers/


Tesla unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design center in Hawthorne, California. CEO Elon Musk said the truck is capable of traveling 500 miles on an electric charge with a full 80,000-pound load. ... /107770872/


Elon Musk reveals new Tesla roadster, vows it will be fastest car ever

The roadster will be fast. Absurdly and possibly nauseatingly fast. How about 1.9 seconds to 60 mph, or 4.2 seconds to 100 mph and the quarter-mile in 8.9 seconds. He says it will be the first production car to break the two-second barrier in zero to 60 mph.

Marco della Cava, USA TODAY ... /873392001/


Elon Musk outlines new 'Megacharger' system for Tesla Semi trucks

Musk claims that truckers will be able to charge at their origin or their final destination while they unload their freight, or take a 30-minute break from the road, leave their rig on a Megacharger, and have enough power to drive up to 400 miles.

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